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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 681.5'
6/13/19 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 681.5 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Report Water Waste

What is Water Waste?

The San Antonio Conservation Ordinance lists a number of activities that are considered water waste at all times, regardless of time of year or current drought restrictions.

Water Waste Includes:

  •   Overspray
      Overspray onto streets or sidewalks is against water waste rules.
    Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler outside designated watering hours.
  • Allowing water from any source to run off into a gutter, ditch, or storm drain
  • Failure to repair a controllable leak
  • Runoff or overspray from a sprinkler or irrigation system regardless of the time of day
  • Landscape watering during or shortly after a rain (Note: All automatic irrigation systems in San Antonio – both residential and commercial – are required to have working rain sensors to prevent this problem.)
  • Charity car washes held at any location other than a permanent car wash facility
  • Additional requirements of any drought restriction stage currently in effect

What Is Allowed?

The following activities are allowed unless restricted by any drought restriction stage currently in effect:

  • Watering with a hand-held hose, soaker hose, drip irrigation, small bucket or watering can.
  • Pressure washing of parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is permitted as long as street runoff is not allowed. (Note: Commercial pressure washers working in San Antonio are required by ordinance to register with SAWS.)
  • Washing of vehicles or other mobile equipment at a home or business. Use of an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket is recommended to prevent wasteful street runoff.
  • Use of commercial vehicle wash facilities is permitted at any time.

For a complete list of water waste restrictions please visit our 2013 Conservation Ordinance page.